Character Analysis Of Hamlet

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In Hamlet by William Shakespeare, Hamlet plays the main character of a prince who loses his father and his heir to the throne. Hamlet experiences troubling events that affect his irrational behavior. Stylistically, Hamlet’s character is both beautiful and poetic. Realistically, Hamlet may have suffered from a psychological disorder and several complexes. Hamlet is affected by Bipolar I disorder, causing him to act irritably and have an elevated mood. He is also a victim of Freud’s Oedipus complex which makes it harder for him to accept his mother’s remarriage. Hamlet’s hatred toward Ophelia and his mother is a result of his subconscious overwhelming hatred and fear of femininity. These psychological disorders and complexes that Hamlet suffers from show why he acts as he does. According to the DSM-5 criteria, which is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of mental disorders, Bipolar I disorder is described as “occurring on a continuum of severity ranging from mild forms of depression with brief mania to severe depression with rapid cycling mania”. One must exhibit three symptoms, along with “distinctly elevated or irritable mood for most of the day nearly everyday, abnormally increased activity and energy.” (“DSM-5”). Hamlet displays unusual talkativeness, flights of ideas, and increase in goal-directed activity. After his father’s death, Hamlet seems to be in mourning and depressed. In his soliloquy, Hamlet talks about his grief and lament. “Oh, that this too, too sullied

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